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Family confirms missing body found near Lake Isabella is Nicholas Smith

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 15:19:30-04

UPDATE JULY 10 (12:17 p.m.):

Family confirms with 23ABC that the body found near Lake Isabella is 25-year-old Nicholas Smith of Los Angeles. 


KCSO confirms with 23ABC a body was found near Lake Isabella. Recovery efforts are underway. It is not confirmed if this is the body of Nicholas Smith who went missing in Lake Isabella over the weekend.

This is early information and we will update with new details as we get them.


Sunday Kern County Search and Rescue continued their search for 25-year-old Nicholas Smith. Deputies said he went missing when he was unable to swim back to his boat Saturday.

The rescue team resumed their search shortly after dawn. They used a drone to search the shoreline, water and inland. They also used four watercrafts to search the water. They used sonar to look for objects under the water that could be Smith. When they found something they sent a dive team down to check it out.

Sgt. Williams said the challenges in their search was under ten feet of water viability is next to nothing, because of the elevation the divers could only dive for ten to fifteen minutes at a time and would need to wait about an hour an a half between dives.

Sgt. Williams said his team plans to search until they find Smith or until the winds pick back up making the search too difficult.

Search efforts will resume Monday morning. 

JULY 7th

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who went missing in Lake Isabella. 

According to Search and Rescue officials, a group was boating in Lake Isabella earlier today, when several members of the group jumped into the water. 

Officials say high winds in the area caused the boat to drift from swimmers. Two people made it back to the boat, but one man was unable to swim back and was last seen going under water. 

KCSO is searching by air and boat tonight and a dive team is on the way to the area. 

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.